Transport & infrastructure

West London Business (WLB) believes that investment in transport and infrastructure such as broadband, power and other utilities are vital to sustaining West London’s economic vitality. Transport for London’s (TfL) and the Government’s current efforts to sustain investment in transport upgrades and Crossrail are supported by WLB. However these efforts are insufficient to significantly reduce congestion given the level of population growth our sub-region is experiencing. Investment in new north-south linkages through the region are also critically needed. WLB considers it vital for the ongoing success of the West London economy to take action on the following transport and infrastructure opportunities:

  • Scaling up investment
  • A third runway at Heathrow
  • Reducing road congestion
  • Brentford-Southall Passenger Service
  • West London Orbital
  • Improved digital connectivity

WLB is a WestTrans partner attending their quarterly meetings, as well as TfL’s West London Panel meetings, bringing a business perspective to these groups’ deliberations.   We also input to the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group.

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Transport & Infrastructure Policy Commission

West London’s infrastructure is constantly evolving to meet business needs in the region. Decreased road congestion and increased internet connectivity are both needed for better business; but with online orders correlating with increased traffic, efficiency improvements in certain sectors may impact negatively on others.

The West London Transport & Infrastructure Policy Commission was launched in late February 2016. The Commission published its draft report in early March 2017 and final ‘Keep West London Moving’ report in August 2018. The recommendations from the report now guide WLB’s policy work on transport and infrastructure.

Founding sponsor of this policy commission is The Motorcycle Industry Association.

Further reading


The Heathrow Phenomenon – An Economic Impact Analysis – Report compiled by Deloitte and commissioned by WLB, September 2007

West London Orbital (WLO) Overground

WLO Technical Analysis and Conclusions – WSP for WLA, Sept 2017 

WLO Outline Case – WSP for WLA, Oct 2017

WLO Technical Report – WSP for WLA, Oct 2017

West London Orbital Underground

West London Orbital – Full report – Capita Symonds Ltd for WLB, February 2008

West London Orbital – Summary – April 2008

Consultation Responses

Consultation on High Speed Rail 2 – In April 2011 WLB responded to the consultation on HS2.

Mayor’s Infrastructure Plan 2050 – In October 2014 WLB responded to the GLA’s consultation of the Mayor’s Infrastructure Plan 2050.